Announcement of Executive Director Resignation
From the Board of Directors, Community Foundation of Whistler
After 7.5 years at the helm of the Community Foundation of Whistler, the Board of Directors announces that executive director Carol Coffey has resigned to pursue other opportunities.
Carol came to the organization in 2011 with the mandate to deliver impactful grant and community programming, raise awareness of the Foundation, oversee all operations of the Foundation, and support donors. In her time, Carol was involved in significant accomplishments for the Foundation, including:
- Launching the Whistler Vital Signs initiative, promoting resident knowledge of the community, building connections within the community, and supporting community participation.
- Overseeing the growth in the Foundation’s portfolio from $3.4 million to $6.5 million.
- Growing the number of funds from 27 to 37.
- Building the capacity of local non-profit organizations through Whistler Nonprofit Network, focusing on shared learning and collaboration.
- Growing the Foundation’s annual amount distributed to the community from $131K to $496K.
Under Carol’s watch, the foundation opened 10 new funds adding to a base that started 20 years ago with a $25,000 donation from the RMOW. Currently, 35 funds are pooled and invested, generating interest to support community grants, scholarships, and bursaries. Last year, the foundation distributed $496K in grants through its various funds.
The Foundation is looking to hire a new executive director whose primary objective will be growing those funds and increasing our annual grants. Carol will assist the board during the transition to welcome the new executive director to the organization.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Carol for all her hard work, and to wish her the best in her future endeavours.
Board of Directors, Community Foundation of Whistler
From Carol Coffey, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Whistler
With mixed emotions, I recently submitted my resignation to the board. I wish to give my gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the Foundation’s work over the past 7.5 years. I have felt very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with the amazing people in this community.
This journey has enlightened me to the true meaning of community. I have learned about acceptance, sharing, honesty, inclusion, and the power of collective action. Those who know me well know that I am passionate about supporting the talented people of our local non-profit organizations who provide support and services to the community, from protecting the natural environment to helping the most vulnerable in the community. I am very proud of all that we have accomplished over the past several years. The Community Foundation plays a unique role in the community, one I like to think of as the glue that helps us all stick together.
Learning about the importance of belonging is a powerful gift that the Whistler community and the national Community Foundation movement has given to me. I’m excited to be continuing my work along this path with the Squamish Helping Hands Society. I look forward to watching the Foundation grow and supporting the community into the future.
Carol Coffey, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Whistler